Youngsters from clubs throughout the North East will enjoy an opportunity of a lifetime on Sunday as they take part in the largest ever Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup under the watchful eyes of the Newcastle Falcons’ squad.
The event this weekend will be hosted by Falcons and run at Kingston Park Stadium & Bullocksteads Sports Grounds with the maximum capacity of 70 teams being confirmed three months before the event was due to take place.
Launched during the 2008-09 season, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premiership Rugby.
More than 7,000 under 11 and under 12 children take part in the competition, with two teams getting the chance to go to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham on 28 May.
Will Welch, Newcastle Falcons’ captain, said: "I still remember playing at this age and loving my rugby so I can't wait to hear how they get along. I'm sure the children will enjoy the game like I did.
"It's so good that Premiership Rugby clubs run these types of events – I'm sure there will be some of the next generation of Newcastle Falcons’ players on show."
"It's crucial that the event is also supported by sponsors such as Land Rover – junior tournaments are the foundations of rugby in the community, and something we should be really proud of."
Over the course of seven seasons, Newcastle Falcons’ Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cups have provided 1,000s of youngsters with the chance to realise their dreams, with Newcastle Falcons’ and England Under-20s back row Callum Chick a graduate of the festival.
Melanie Magee, Newcastle Falcons Head of Community & Marketing is looking forward to the record breaking action on Sunday.
"Over the years that the Falcons Community Foundation has been running the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup in Newcastle, the event has gone from strength to strength, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming over 1,200 aspiring rugby stars to Kingston Park this weekend for the biggest junior rugby festival we’ve ever run," said Magee.
"Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a great occasion not only for the club but for all of those youngsters who get the opportunity to take part in such a big event at a Premiership Rugby stadium, with the opportunity to potentially visit Twickenham on Aviva Premiership Rugby Final day.
"As with all of our corporate sponsors, we’re incredibly grateful to Land Rover for making this festival possible and enabling us to inspire young rugby players to engage with the game. We’ve already seen one participant go all the way from the festival to making his Falcons’ first team debut this season and it would be great if the next Callum Chick is found this weekend."
Land Rover is a proud supporter of grassroots rugby and has been a partner of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup for nearly a decade. Land Rover’s ‘We Deal In Real’ campaign continues to champion grassroots rugby through Premiership Rugby and the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup. @LandRover_UK #WeDealInReal.